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Old September 3rd, 2011, 10:24 AM   #1
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GH2 vs Sony NEX-5N

"This is a short test in low light against the hacked GH2.

The GH2 is set to 1080/24p AVCHD 44Mbit with Auto Quantizer 4. The NEX 5N is set to 1080/25p AVCHD 24Mbit. "


BTW the Nex-5N has the same sensor as the new Sony VG20 camcorder.
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Old September 3rd, 2011, 12:36 PM   #2
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Sony seems to have a yellow cast, GH2 has more contrast. I think the GH2 has protected its throne =)
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Old September 4th, 2011, 01:40 AM   #3
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I agree.
While the 5n seemed brighter, the gh2 seemed to have a more pleasing picture.
Cool comparisons, though. Thanks for showing.

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Old September 5th, 2011, 06:21 PM   #4
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Thanks for posting. I like the brighter gamma from the Sony. It is easier to add contrast in post than take it out if it is baked in. They both have a nice image. Does the GH2 have more video friendly controls?
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Old September 6th, 2011, 08:19 AM   #5
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I love almost everything about my little GH-2, but I'd take that Sony gamma curve any day of the week.
It's disappointing that every picture profile for the GH-2 crushes the darks so bad especially since there's nothing inherent in the camera that dictates that they do this, they just chose to do it for some unknown reason.
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Old September 6th, 2011, 04:01 PM   #6
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I agree... I love my GH-2, but I'd take the low light capability shown in that video any day. Much more flexibility in post.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 12:26 AM   #7
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The reason I wouldn't want the Sony is it aliases worse than the 7d in 720p mode, I owned a 7d and that aliasing was awful in 720. Also, if you get the EVF, the price is higher than GH2.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 10:21 AM   #8
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I love almost everything about my little GH-2, but I'd take that Sony gamma curve any day of the week.
It's disappointing that every picture profile for the GH-2 crushes the darks so bad especially since there's nothing inherent in the camera that dictates that they do this, they just chose to do it for some unknown reason.
In the GH2, use Smooth film setting for better shadow detail. Cinema film setting works great in controlled lighting, but crushes the blacks to much in "hard" lighting such as the sun. Smooth or Nostalgic are you best bets for low light conditons.
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Old September 7th, 2011, 10:33 AM   #9
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Hey guys, anyone know of any videos with samples of gh2 using different settings? I'd be keen to see such a thing if it's out there.
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Old October 7th, 2011, 11:36 AM   #10
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I am curious to see the new Sony aNEX-7.

Max resolution 6000 x 4000
Other resolutions 6000 x 3376, 4240 x 2832, 4240 x 2400, 3008 x 2000, 3008 x 1688
Image ratio w:h 3:2, 16:9
Effective pixels 24.3 megapixels
Sensor photo detectors 24.7 megapixels
Sensor size APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm)
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1920 x 1080 (60 fps), 1440 x 1080 (30 fps), 640 x 480 (30 fps

24 megapixils...wow.
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Old October 10th, 2011, 10:32 PM   #11
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Re: GH2 vs Sony NEX-5N

Thanks for sharing this comparison!

I'd be up for the brighter gamma too - only feature (along with hacked higher-bitrates to keep the image clean) I'd ask for.

I've been out of the DVInfo & GH2/GH1 loop for a while - has there been any talk about custom-made (hacked) picture profiles?
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Old October 15th, 2011, 10:37 PM   #12
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To my knowledge, no, no one has come up with any cool profiles. However the hack is proceeding with leaps and bounds. There's 175 mb/sec hack right now that is amazing. You get discreet frames with it. It renders motion like a $60,000 cine cam.
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Old November 23rd, 2011, 03:52 AM   #13
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Will a hacked GH2 improve the highlight fall off and limited tonal gradation as depicted in the review? Surprised that the Sony beats the 7d for stills quality.
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